This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V18", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
The Journal of Horticulture says: In no country in Europe are the representatives of horticulture held in such honor as they are in Belgium. It is not on some solitary occasion only that they have experienced this, but whenever there is an opportunity offered for their assembling together they meet with a recognition which they receive nowhere else.
On this occasion no sooner had the representatives of the different nationalities arrived in Brussels than a warm reception was accorded to them by the Burgomaster at the Hotel de Ville; but the greatest honor was reserved for the opening day of the Exhibition, when the delegates from the different governments and societies, members of the jury, and some of the leading exhibitors, were invited to a banquet by the King and Queen at the royal palace. Nothing could be more kind than the reception their Majesties gave their guests, with each of whom they entered freely into conversation; and to the British representatives the banquet had an additional interest from the whole of the service, which was solid silver, being the wedding present to the Princess Charlotte by her father George IV. on her marriage with Prince Leopold of Saxe-Coburg, afterwards King of the Belgians. Every plate was marked with the royal arms of Great Britain. What gave especial importance to this occasion was that their Majesties remained in Brussels for the event, and departed for Germany late at night after the entertainment was over - an act of courtesy and condescension such as horticulturists are not familiar with at home.
Tickets for the opera were provided for all the guests who after the banquet were disposed to avail themselves of them. Another banquet was given by the Societe Royale de Flore on the evening of the 1st of May, and numerous other attactions were offered, leaving nothing to be desired to render the visit of foreigners agreeable and memorable.